Houston's Commute Among World's Most Painful
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:43 PM
Pity the poor motorists who sit stuck in traffic in Beijing, Mexico City or Johannesburg. Houston drivers, you don't have it as bad as those cities - but we did make it to the list of top 20 cities with the worse commutes, reports wired.com.
A survey released today, commissioned by IBM and conducted by Survey Sampling International, compiled a "Commuter Pain Index," which ranks the emotional and economic stress of commuting.
While our nation's population grew almost 20 percent between 1982 and 2001, traffic outpaced that growth, jumping 236 percent.
Beijing's traffic is growing 10 percent every year, making 69 percent of the respondents say they've given up and gone home after sitting snarled in traffic. The photo posted here is of traffic in Moscow.
Drivers in 20 cities were surveyed in 2008 and 2009. More than half blamed traffic for adversely affecting their physical or mental health. In New Delhi, 96 percent of the respondents said their commute harms their health.
Los Angeles came in No. 14 on the pain index, followed by Berlin, Montreal, New York and then Houston.
American respondents said traffic has grown worse in the past three years - yet more than 8 in 10 Americans drive to work alone.
Read the IBM research here.
Now, more than ever, Houston clearly needs the five light-rail lines METRO is building to connect our neighborhoods and work centers.